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Availability : Select Dates, September-April

Aurora Exploration, Iceland

Highlights Include:

  • Searching for the Aurora Borealis
  • Six-night Northern Lights Academy
  • Visits to Vatnajökull Glacier and Jökulsárlón  Lagoon
  • Relaxing at the famous Blue Lagoon
  • An encounter with the unique Icelandic horse

Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/Arctic Images/Visit Iceland

Tour Details

From: $3,123| Single supplement from $519

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

9 days

2019/2020 Departures:  Thursdays and Saturdays
September 19, 21, 26, 28
October 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, 31
November 2, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28
December 7
January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
April 2, 4

Departures with small groups of participants are also available. Please inquire for dates and prices!

Heading to Iceland in the winter means searching for Iceland’s greatest attraction, the Northern Lights! This naturally occurring phenomenon is difficult to predict, but the best way to increase your chances of a sighting is with a professional guide. This escorted group tour is designed to maximize your chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights by taking you away from the light pollution of Reykjavík and into the countryside. Spend seven days traveling to the most scenic parts of south and west Iceland during the day, and searching for the Northern Lights at night.

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Itinerary
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

Transfer by airport bus from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavík. The remainder of day at your leisure to explore Iceland’s vibrant capital city on your own, or join an optional Reykjavík Day Tour. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 3 West Iceland’s Waterfalls, Hot Springs, and Tales | Meals: B

Meet your tour guide and start your day with a Reykjavík city tour where you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital before heading out of the city. You are headed west to the Borgarfjörður (Borgafjordur) valley, known as the Saga valley since it was the home of Iceland’s saga author Snorri Sturluson. You will have the opportunity to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Visits to the nearby Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls will follow. The afternoon you will check in at your hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy a lecture about the Northern Lights before heading out this evening on your first Northern Lights hunt in the area of your hotel. Every evening after your search for the lights you will have the chance to relax with a warm refreshment before bed. Overnight in West Iceland

Day 4Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Meals: B L

Today’s touring takes you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area of Iceland most known for its many varied landscapes and gorgeous views. Enjoy a fjord cruise and lunch from Stykkishólmur village in the north of Snæfellsnes, followed by a stop in Bjarnarhöfn. There you will have the opportunity to try the Icelandic delicacy Hákarl – fermented shark. Continue on your tour of Snæfellsnes with a visit to the quaint fishing village of Grundarfjörður and amazing views of Mt. Kirkjufell. As you return to your hotel your guide will be sharing tips on photographing the Northern Lights, since you will be heading outside again this evening to search for them. Overnight in West Iceland

Day 5Golden Circle | Meals: B

Depart West Iceland today, stopping at an Icelandic Wool outlet store for the chance to purchase your own Icelandic sweater, or other wool clothing and decorations as a souvenir. From there you will be heading to explore South Iceland’s most famous sites as you travel along the tourist route, the Golden Circle. Your first stop is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the rift between the continents. At the next stop, Geysir and Strokkur geyser and geothermal fields, you will be able to see Strokkur erupt, but also enjoy local bread baked in the ground by the naturally occurring geothermal heat, along with local butter, and a glass of Schnapps. From Geysir the next stop is Gullfoss “Golden” Waterfall, followed by a stop at a horse ranch to say hello to some of Iceland’s unique horse breed. After checking into your hotel you will again spend some time outside enjoying the arctic night while, hopefully, the Northern Lights dazzle above. Overnight in South Iceland

Day 6Volcanic South Iceland | Meals: B

Touring today will give you a better look at the volcanic history of Iceland. First you will visit the Lava Center, an exhibition dedicated to educating visitors about the unique and “explosive” history of Iceland. After a stop at the two waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, you will drive past the famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier cap, covering the volcano whose eruption infamously shut down air traffic in 2010. Continuing along the south coast you will stop and see the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara and the basalt columns Reynisdrangar. You are heading tonight to east Iceland where you will spend two nights in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. This evening you will again head outside to search for the Northern Lights followed by a warm beverage. Overnight in Vatnajökull area

Day 7Vatnajökull Glacier and Jökulsárlón Lagoon | Meals: B

After breakfast, explore the otherworldly area of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest National Park in Europe. You will visit the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and its icebergs floating in blue water. The black sand beach lining the lagoon glitters with ice and is a great place to enjoy a walk. In the afternoon you will visit the Hofskirkja, a picturesque 19th century turf church. If traveling between November 15 – March 15 join an optional ice cave tour in one of the naturally occurring ice caves created by the glacier. Tonight is another opportunity to head outside searching for the Northern Lights. Overnight in Vatnajökull area

Day 8Reykjavík & The Blue Lagoon | Meals: B D

You will head back west today, stopping at the quaint village of Vik and the Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the way. Arrive in Reykjavík and spend a couple of hours in the city at leisure. Tonight you will head out of the city to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy an evening soaking in the naturally heated waters. Pamper yourself with the self-applied silica mud mask and a drink in the lagoon, before heading to a nearby hotel to savor a final dinner in Iceland. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will make an appearance tonight while you are in the Blue Lagoon or at dinner. Return to Reykjavík around midnight. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 9Depart Reykjavík, Iceland | Meals: B

Transfer by airport bus to the airport for your return flights to the US or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city) 
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • English-speaking tour guide from Days 3 to 8
  • Transportation by coach as per itinerary
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including lunch
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm and Hot Spring Tasting menu
  • Visits to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit to multi-media presentation at Lava Exhibition Center
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf houses
  • Northern Lights academy program including 6 evenings of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches & midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice gripper spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating a camera at night
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Park fees
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
  • Visit our Reykjavik Day Tour blog to learn about the many options available from Iceland’s capital
  • Ice Cave – hike through naturally occurring ice caves under Vatnajökull Glacier with a professional guide (only available November 15 – March 15)
Notes
  • Daily Driving – Total mileage is about 983 miles, an average of 164 miles per day. About three and a half hours per day is spent on the bus. Some days the driving might be longer than on other days.
  • Outdoor activities may occasionally differ because of weather and road conditions.
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7 Days
Departures: Saturdays, September-April